An ecological foundation for management of national forest giant sequoia ecosystems
Document Type: Book
Author(s): D. D. Piirto; R. R. Rogers
Publication Year: 1999

Cataloging Information

  • age classes
  • air quality
  • arthropods
  • community ecology
  • diameter classes
  • diseases
  • dominance (ecology)
  • drainage
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire exclusion
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • forest management
  • fuel loading
  • hardwood forests
  • hydrology
  • insects
  • mosaic
  • national forests
  • old growth forests
  • organic soils
  • plant communities
  • population density
  • presettlement fires
  • presettlement vegetation
  • sedimentation
  • seedlings
  • Sequoia
  • size classes
  • snags
  • surface fires
  • understory vegetation
  • US Forest Service
  • vegetation surveys
  • water
  • watersheds
  • wildfires
  • wildlife habitat management
  • Yosemite National Park
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A strategy for the protection, preservation, and restoration of national forest giant sequoia groves is being formulated using a conceptual framework for ecosystem management recently developed by Region Five of the USDA Forest Service. The framework includes physical, biological, and social dimensions. The array of ecosystem elements and their associated environmental indicators within each of these dimensions is almost endless. Key ecosystem elements, environmental indicators, and reference variability are discussed in this paper. These key elements and associated indicators are thought to be adequate to define and control management activities designed to protect, preserve, and restore national forest giant sequoia groves for the benefit of present and future generations. The key ecosystem elements selected for practical application are: 1) attitudes, beliefs, and values; 2) economics and subsistence; 3) stream channel morphology; 4) sediment; 5) water; 6) fire; 7) organic debris; and 8) vegetation mosaic. Recommendations are made for the attributes of environmental indicators that characterize these elements.

Online Link(s):
Piirto, D. D., and R. R. Rogers. 1999. An ecological foundation for management of national forest giant sequoia ecosystems. Technical Report R5-EM-TP-005. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Sequoia National Forest.